That Big Traumatic Moment in AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Was Originally Supposed to Happen in AVENGERS 4

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I'm sure most of you have already seen Avengers: Infinity War, but this article focuses on the ending of the film, so if you're one of the seven people that haven't seen it yet, you might not want to read any further. 

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Turns out that big traumatic moment at the end of Avengers: Infinity War where Thanos snapped his fingers and obliterated half the population of the universe was originally supposed to happen in Avengers 4. Writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely explained to the New York Times why they changed it up:

"What we realised is, it would feel more like a cliffhanger than we intended."

Markus went on to explain that the choice to push the snap through in Infinity War came out of the desire to make two distinct Avengers movies. Had the Snap been pushed to Part 2, "it would be a continuation of exactly what you were watching before." He went on to say that the culmination of 10 years of building the MCU movies should "be as big as it wants to be, and as sprawling."

So they decided to go "all the way to a tragic ending." That will lead into the next film where "mysterious things happen that I can’t tell you about." McFeely says that one of the other reasons they decided to end Infinity War with the snap is because "it’s really, I think, difficult to predict where we go next."

Now we just have to wait awhile before seeing how the next chapter of the story plays out! 

Avengers 4 hits theaters on May 3rd, 2019.

The Origin of Han Solo’s Name is What Sold Disney on Making SOLO

Solo: A Star Wars Story is a great movie but unfortunately the movie didn’t do as Lucasfilm and Disney expected. I really hoped that the film would blow up at the box office, but it just didn’t happen.

George Lucas was working on a standalone Han Solo movie with screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan before Disney bought Lucasfilm, so it was only a matter of time before the movie got made. Before it did, though, Lucasfilm had to sell Disney on it. 

Thanks to Kasdan, we now know what it is exactly that sold Disney CEO Bob Iger on making the movie. That thing was the origin of Han Solo’s name. Kasdan says:

"Five years ago, when I came onto the thing -- and Disney wasn't on when I came on, then three weeks later, they owned the company -- and they came up to Marin [California] and Kathy [Kennedy] got the people who were already working on it to make a five-minute presentation to Bob Iger and Alan Horn and everyone. My presentation was, [Han] comes to an immigration spot and someone asks, 'What's your name?' It's not just that he doesn't have a name, which tells you a lot about his history. He says 'I have no people.' That to me is so forlorn and so isolating and rife, and the guy fills in his name. Bob Iger said 'Alright, I'm in.' That was it. That was the moment. He reacted to it the way I reacted to it, which was, it's very moving. This was a guy who has nothing. Someone plants a name on him. He doesn't even know the guy. It sticks for the rest of the saga."

I know that there are a lot of fans that don’t care for the origin of Han’s name in the film, but I loved that little scene in the film. I thought it made perfect sense for the character and that it was a credible way of going about it. 

Regardless, I imagine that Disney and Bob Iger might be regretting greenlighting that film as it’s not doing very well at the box office.

Source: CinemaBlend

Special GODZILLA 2 Promo Shown At 2018 Licensing Expo

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Next Year the follow up to the popular Godzilla, will hit theaters, and the world will get another giant monster movie courtesy of Warner Bros. Those who attended the 2018 Licensing Expo got a first look at clips from Godzilla: King of the Monsters in the form of a promo.

The Toho Company had a booth at the Las Vegas event and had on display a special promo reel for Godzilla: King of the Monsters. The clip doesn’t show very much new footage but does highlight how much money the first Godzilla movie made worldwide. The promo also shared a reminder about who Godzilla will be romping around with in his sequel. After his first MUTO encounter, Godzilla will face off against iconic creatures like Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah in 2019.

With the string of giant monster movies like Pacific Rim and Rampage, are you still excited to see Godzilla: King of the Monsters?

Godzilla: King of the Monsters opens March 22, 2019.

The Producer of The Hit Anime YOUR NAME Releases Trailer For His New Film FIREWORKS

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Makoto Shinkai's Your Name is one of the most successful and popular anime films of all time. If you've never seen it, you need to watch it. It's such a wonderfully made film with a fantastic story. If you have seen the film and you did enjoy it, we have a trailer here for a new anime called Fireworks from the producer of Your NameGenki Kawamura. As you might expect, the movie is gaining a lot of buzz from Your Name fans. Here's the synopsis:

Producer Genki Kawamura follows up his mega-hit Your Name with another tale of star-crossed teenage lovers with a sci-fi fantasy twist.
Shy Norimichi and fast-talking Yusuke, are goo-goo-eyed over the same elusive classmate, Nazuna. But Nazuna, unhappy over her mother’s decision to remarry and leave their countryside town, plans to run away and has secretly chosen Norimichi to accompany her. When things don’t go as planned, Norimichi discovers that a glowing multi-color ball found in the sea has the power to reset the clock and give them a second chance to be together. But each reset adds new complications and takes them farther and farther away from the real world – until they risk losing sight of reality altogether.

I really like what I'm seeing in this trailer as well as the story the anime will tell. GKIDS is distributing the film in the United States and plan on bringing it to theaters as part of a special collaboration with Fathom Events. There will be a premiere event July 3, 5, and 7. If you like what you see, you can get your tickets here.

AGONY Celebrates Launch Day With A 5 Minute Gameplay Video

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Making horror games requires a balance of a few different aspects. Lighting, sounds, location, story, and confusion are some of the main aspects that keep gamers on the edge of their seats, or perhaps hiding as far from the screen as possible. Especially in an age of graphical importance, the art design plays a role as well.

Madmind Studios has been creating Agony, the horror game so gruesome that it was nearly banned by ESRB, but was saved by some censorship. As the game launches today for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4, they provided an intriguing 5 minute gameplay video for those still on the fence about getting it. Check it out:

With the game looking as horrifically beautiful as it does in the trailers and cinematics while the player is in control, Agony has already set their mark to be a game with interesting visuals, to say the least. They have also guaranteed that there will be 7 different endings and new content only available after the game has been beaten at least once.

Bringing a mixture of defenseless and survival horror style gameplay, we really don't know what all to expect as we make our way out of hell. After watching the initial trailer and now this fractal gameplay video, I'm really excited to get a copy of the game myself. What platform will you get it on?

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Cool Little Detail on How The Droid in SOLO, L3-37, Connects With EMPIRE STRIKES BACK

One of the stand-out characters in Ron Howard's Solo: A Star Wars Story was Lando's droid friend and co-pilot L3-37. Well, a cool bit of information has been pointed out regarding the droid and her connection to another scene in The Empire Strikes Back. If you haven't seen Solo yet, then you may want to pass.

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In the film, L3-37, who is a progressive, self-made droid who has upgraded and improved herself using spare parts of other droids, is blasted to death. Through a series of events, her consciousness and data are uploaded to the Millennium Falcon database so that Han and Chewy could use her navigational system to help them escape.

This means that L3-37's consciousness has been a part of the ship throughout the entire saga. It turns out that there is a little detail in The Empire Strikes Back that acknowledges that the ship does have some kind of a personality.

/Film points out that there's a scene in Empire where C-3PO is trying to interpret the Millennium Falcon for Han Solo and says "Sir, I don’t know where your ship learned to communicate, but it has the most peculiar dialect."

While talking with Lawrence Kasdan and Jonathan Kasdan, the outlet asked about this and Jonathan explained:

"Yes. That was something that came out of a lot of conversations with Larry, Phil, Chris and I about how to make it, how to retcon a little bit and say, how could she not only be a great character that we wanted, but a part of the story we didn’t realize was there?  And giving the Falcon a personality that is fused with this amazing character played by Phoebe I think does actually enrich the other movies in a way that I’m excited about.

What do you all think about L3-37's connection to the Millennium Falcon and this fun little detail that connects it to Empire?

Zack Snyder Confirms That THE FOUNTAINHEAD is His Next Film Project

Zack Snyder has confirmed on Vero that his next film project will be an adaptation of Ayn Rand’s 1943 novel The Fountainhead. This is a project that he's been wanting to develop for some time now. Back in 2016, when talking to THR about it, he said:

"I have been working on The Fountainhead I've always felt like The Fountainhead was such a thesis on the creative process and what it is to create something. Warner Bros. owns [Ayn Rand's] script and I've just been working on that a little bit."

So I guess that means Snyder will be working with Warner Bros. again. I wasn't sure if Snyder would work with the studio again after all of the Justice League drama that went down. 

For those of you who aren't familiar with The Fountainhead, here's the description from the book:

When The Fountainhead was first published, Ayn Rand's daringly original literary vision and her groundbreaking philosophy, Objectivism, won immediate worldwide interest and acclaim. This instant classic is the story of an intransigent young architect, his violent battle against conventional standards, and his explosive love affair with a beautiful woman who struggles to defeat him. As fresh today as it was then, here is a novel about a hero-and about those who try to destroy him.

The main theme of the book is the struggle of free mind, creativeness and individualism, against the common opinion of the people who just think what others would think. This seems like a good project for Snyder to take on next. I do like that he's going to dive into some different territory with his next film project. I'm just happy to hear that Snyder is getting ready to jump back in and make a new movie. 

This wouldn't be the first adaptation of the novel. Warner Bros. produced and released a film based on the book back in 1949.

What do you all think about Snyder adapting The Fountainhead for his next film project?

The Writers of SOLO Talk About Introducing That “One Character” and Tease The Future of That Character

If you haven't seen Solo: A Star Wars Story yet, you'll probably want to skip this post because it contains a major spoiler. If you have seen the movie, then you know all about that big shocking reveal in the story and you can proceed.

The writers of the film, Lawrence Kasdan and his son Jon, recently opened up about bringing this character into the story, and teased the future of him. 

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The big surprise character we are talking about here is Darth Maul, the mastermind behind the criminal syndicate Crimson Dawn. We already talked about his big reveal here, but now we get to hear what the writers have to say about the whole thing!

While talking to Uproxx, co-writer Lawrence Kasdan explained why he was excited about bringing the character into the film, saying:

"I was passionate about him all the way through. I sort of had planted the seeds early and I wanted it to be built that way. And I wanted to reference certain forms of martial arts that might lead to it. And the presence of someone who was so terrifying in this crime world that you had to know he was the guy who could control someone like Dryden. So he was part of the DNA of the thing."

I liked how they were teasing the character all throughout the film. But it wasn't until Maul was revealed that all of that stuff clicked. It was such a cool moment. When asked to elaborate on Maul's presence in Solo, he talked a bit about Dryden Vos' backstory:

"The line we love and keep referring to is, 'we’ve seen some strange stuff across the galaxy.' And we did really want to honor the line that he’s seen some weird stuff. And that’s why we thought it would be great for him to encounter a Jules Verne-type creature out in deep space, and made his experiences that have made his life rich and pressed the limits of what are possible."

One big question that some fans have brought up, is that Han has always kind of been skeptical of The Force. So if he does encounter Maul in the Solo sequel, some fans think that would change his thoughts about the Jedi in A New Hope, but Kasdan doesn't think so:

"I don’t think so. Because that’s part of what I love about this story. He doesn’t believe in the force and we know that ahead of time. But he doesn’t ever have to! The only acceptance he has – over three movies that I wrote! – is so slim. He never really comes to believe. He’s always the skeptic." 

He makes a good point there. However, it will be very interesting to eventually see Han come face to face with Maul. I really like the relationship that they built between Han and Qi'ra, but that is a disaster waiting to happen.

In a separate interview with CB, Jon Kasdan opened up about the character's backstory, saying:

"I loved that they took him and went an interesting place with him in Rebels, and in Clone Wars, and just sort of to expand on the myth of that character, and the idea that he survived. Rebels set us in a timeframe where we were sort of in the clear, and they were allowed to sort of do what they wanted with the Shadow Collective, with the whole, you know, backstory that they were playing with, and his movement into crime that would leave us in a clear zone, so that, by the time this movie happened, it was gray where he was."

When asked about the future of the character in the franchise, he teased:

"It opened it up for us, and certainly I think there's room to go back and forth with that character and knowmore, because he's a rich, rich opportunity." 

It's hard to tell how Maul's story arc will play out throughout these Solo films... if those films even get made. But it's safe to say that he and Han's paths will eventually cross because they both have one thing in common... Qi'ra. I have a feeling that things aren't going to end well for her. 

Qi’ra and Bounty Hunter IG-88 Featured in New FORCES OF DESTINY Short

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With Solo: A Star Wars Story introducing several new characters into the Star Wars franchise some fans were left wanting more once the credits rolled. But now a new Forces of Destiny short is giving us even more of Emilia Clarke's character Qi'ra and a certain robotic bounty hunter that appears alongside Boba Fett in The Empire Strikes Back.

Hondo teams up with bounty hunter droid IG-88 to capture Qi’ra, but she outsmarts both her pursuers by pitting them against each other so that she can collect the bounty on them.

Like most of the Forces of Destiny shorts, there aren't major reveals of story developments, but it's still a pretty fun installment. 

Check out the short below.

Solo: A Star Wars Story is in theaters now.

Director Guillermo del Toro Gets His Very Own Action Figure

If you're a hardcore fan of director Guillermo del Toro, the man behind films such as Blade IIPan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy, Pacific Rim, and The Shape of Water, we have the ultimate collector's item for you!

EW has revealed that NECA has produced a Guillermo del Toro action figure! That's right, the filmmaker as part of their Guillermo del Toro Signature Collection, which also features Santi from The Devil’s Backbone and Pale Man and Faun from Pan’s Labyrinth.

The del Toro figure is a limited edition of 2,000 and will be available to buy for $40 from the NECA booth at this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego. The action figure also comes with a replica of the notebook Del Toro used to record his notes and sketches for Pan’s Labyrinth.

Randy Falk, director of product development at NECA, had this to say in a statement:

"It is a tremendous honor for us to be able to bring Del Toro’s incredible creations to action figure form. His kind of vision and attention to details is genuinely inspirational, and this figure is our way of thanking him for allowing us to be a part of that."

Will you be attempting to get yourself a Guillermo del Toro action figure!?

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